How prevalent is Metabolic Syndrome?

A recent study found about 1 in 5 men and nearly 1 in 4 women have this condition.
Metabolic Syndrome is reported to often go unrecognized by patients and their doctors. Only 7% of people age 20-29 were affected, but the numbers jumped to over 40% in people in the 60s and 70s.

Are you one of them?


What is the relationship between Metabolic Syndrome and Coronary heart Disease?

People with Metabolic Syndrome have a high tissue plasminogen activator-1, which means their ability to break up blood clots is reduced, so they have an increased risk of heart attack. Also the size of the LDL-C (bad cholesterol) may be smaller than usual, which is more likely to promote atherosclerosis.


How is Metabolic Syndrome Diagnosed?

A variety of blood tests are used to measure levels of glucose, insulin, triglycerides and high-density ("healthy") cholesterol. In addition blood pressure and weight are evaluated.


What is the treatment for Metabolic Syndrome?

Treating metabolic syndrome involves strategies that address each component of the disease (i.e. high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides and LDL-C, decreased levels of HDL-C, insulin resistance, and obesity). We refer to this as multiple risk factor intervention -treatment aimed aggressively at reducing ALL cardiac risk factors, which may exist. The goal is to avoid worsening one problem in order to improve another.


Does insulin insulin resistance cause high triglycerides?

Triglycerides are made out of fat. If you are insulin resistant, your fat cells release more fat into the bloodstream. This leads the liver to produce more triglycerides.